What if a lack of planning ended up costing you thousands of dollars?
The cost of a shower remodel can range from a little over $12 000 – $22,000. With the right planning, your own remodel can be on the lower end. If you’re not careful, though, you could easily spend $10,000 or more and seriously go over your budget!
Are you ready to save time and money while still making your shower look better than ever? Keep reading to discover all of the important factors you need to consider!
1. Shower Head Location
You probably have some big ideas for your shower remodel. But it’s important not to forget about the little things, including the location and height of your shower head!
That’s because function is just as important as form. What’s the importance of having a bathroom remodel that looks good if you end up making the shower harder to use?
In this case, we’d recommend placing the shower head on the opposite side of your shower controls. This allows you to turn on the water and let it heat up, all without having to get wet.
2. Shower Accessibility
You may have been dreaming about an updated shower for many years. Once you get started, though, you’ll realize how expensive and time-consuming it can be. That’s why most people only remodel their bathrooms once.
With that in mind, you should think about the kind of bathroom and shower options you may want when you are older. For example, you can add grab bars to make moving in and out of the shower easier. There a many accessible features and several types of grab bars, and today, many grab bars are more decorative in style and color.
These grab bars can blend into the overall aesthetic of your updated shower. And when you get older and actually need the grab bars, you’ll be glad you added them to the remodel.
3. To Curb Or Not To Curb
When you remodel the shower, you can go beyond simply updating the look you had before. This is your chance to dramatically change the look of the shower.
One of the biggest ways you can do this is to go with a curbless design. In a shower, the “curb” refers to the bottom part of the shower entrance that you must step over to get inside. With a remodel, you can lower the shower floor (which allows for easier draining) and remove the curb altogether.
Many homeowners enjoy the curbless look because it makes the shower look modern and elegant. And as you get older, it is easier to walk or even take a wheelchair into a curbless shower.
4. A Niche And a Shelf Go a Long Way
Shower remodel options don’t always involve big decisions like going curbless. You should also consider smaller decisions, including adding a niche and a shaving shelf.
To customize your shower to fit your lifestyle a custom niche is always a nice touch. A niche is where you keep your soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other bathroom amenities. Many homeowners think those amenities lead to a cluttered-looking shower. If you agree with that idea, you can add a niche to the updated shower that can only be seen from the inside.
Speaking of the inside of the shower, you should consider adding a shaving shelf. Unless you’re adding a bench to your shower remodel, a shelf may be the only place you, your spouse, or your guests can put their legs up to make shaving easier.
5. Time For New Tile
In many ways, the tiling of your bathroom is the most visible element. So if you want to change the look of the shower, then you need to add new tiling to your remodel plans.
Tile color comes down to personal preference. Those who intend to sell their home for a profit should stick to neutral tile colors. Those who don’t intend to sell, though, can add whatever wild colors and patterns really suit their personalities.
For both aesthetics and safety, you should consider using mosaic tiles. The tinier tile design lets you pull off more intricate patterns, and the texture helps prevent slipping. And you can always use materials like cobblestone to make the bathroom remodel look downright exotic.
6. The Finishes: To Match or Contrast
Clear shower enclosures are all the rage when it comes to shower remodel options. Many favor this design because it is both minimalist and eye-catching. Of course, that means visitors’ eyes will be drawn to the shower door handles.
For your remodel, you must make a big decision with those handles. Specifically, do you want the finish to match the faucets and other fixtures or contrast with them?
A matching look creates a more uniform and symmetrical look for your remodel. Meanwhile, a contrasting look creates a more modern appearance thanks to the use of mixed metals. As with so much of the renovation, the choice you make comes down to personal preference.
7. Drain Location
Believe it or not, you have options when it comes to where the shower drain is. You must choose between getting a standard drain or getting a linear drain.
A standard drain is a kind you find in a shower with a sloping floor. This is the kind of drain you may already have. And if you want your remodel to have a standard drain, you’re going to need to use smaller tiles in the shower to create the sloping effect.
A linear drain is elongated in design and relies on a siphon. With such a drain, you don’t have to worry about a sloping floor and can therefore use larger tiles if you so choose.
Regardless of which drain you choose, consider whether you want the drain to have a matching finish or be “camouflaged” by tile. It all comes down to whether you want the drain to stand out or blend in.
Make Your Shower Remodel Dreams Into a Reality
Now you know what factors to consider before you get a shower remodel. But do you know who can make those remodel dreams into a reality?